is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
For this week's nonscientific survey of government and political insiders, we asked about tax reform, swapping local property taxes for something else, and whether voters and legislators are on the same page on casinos.
In his newest commercial, U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco, R-San Antonio, skips any mention of his actual election opponent — Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine — and goes after the Obama administration on energy policy.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, opened her television campaign for re-election with a biographical spot that also promotes her position on education. Davis faces state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, in the competitive SD-10 race.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based Super PAC supported by several GOP members of Congress, announced a $330,000 ad buy against Democrat Pete Gallego in the race for Congressional District 23.
State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-San Antonio, in the race for Congressional District 23, is running a Spanish-language biographical spot in advance of their Spanish-language debate this week.